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1 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Letter of Amelia Bloomer to the First Women's Temperance Convention, Held at Albany, Jan. 28, 1852 1 (1852)

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To the First Women's Temperance Convention, held at
Albany, Jan. 28, 1852.
.SISTERS AND FRIENDS: Gladly would I meet in Con-
vention with you, did not other and imperative duties forbid.
But though I may not be present in body, yet in spirit I will
be with you, listening to your deliberations, giving and re-
ceiving counsel, strengthening y~u in your purposes, and re.
ceiving strength from your united wisdom and zealous action.
It cheers my heart to see the women of our State thus go.
ing up to the Capital on so glorious a mission as that of peti-
tioning our Legislature for protection for themselves and
children, from the cruelties of the liquor traffic. Your ex-
ample is unpreeedented in the annals of our country. What
a spectacle ! to see the women of the Empire State, in this
enlightened day, thus unitedly raising their voices in earnest
expostulation and entreaty for protection from the terrible
wrorngs,which unjust and cruel laws have inflicted upon them!
To whom does it more properly belong than to woman, to
wage the war of extermination against the great destroyer,
Intemperance ? Who is more wronged than she ? Whose
rights are more trampled upon? Whose happiness so wrecked?
Whose every prospect so surely blasted ? Whose affections
so crushed and outraged? Whose spirits so hunbled ? Whose
person so degraded? Whose heart-strings so often broken
as woman's, by this terrible, loathsome vice? And must she
keep silent under all this, and submit to the wrong ? Shall
she cower like a whipped slave at the feet of laws and law.
makers, who have brought all this misery upon her ? Shall
she be frightened by the cry,  This is not within your sphere!
and be made.to believe, that whatever wrong and insult is
heaped upon her, her duty is quiet submission and obedience?
God forbid ! Too long already has she submitted-too long
remained passive under accumulated wrongs, to which man
would never submit. Woe, unutterable woe, has been hers,
yet she has silently endured it all, because she has been
taught to regard herself as an inferior-a subject, and man,
however depraved he may be, as her superior and master,

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